Northwestern State University Magazine
Dr. Randall /. Webb,
lirnd Iwrd. 1997
The past year has been an outstanding one for Northwestern
This fall, enrollnnent was 9,447 students, an increase of 256
students or 2.8 percent over last fall. The student population was
the largest since 2005, the first year of selective admissions at
Northwestern State. The average ACT score of incoming freshman
improved from 21.49 last year to 21.68, which is above the state and
national average. More high school valedictorians chose Northwest-
ern State this year. Fifty-one students who were at the top of their
201 2 high school graduating class are attending NSU, an increase of
18 (56 percent) over last year.
Academic programs at the University continue to attract national
attention for their quality. Our online bachelor's and master's degree
programs in education were included in the first-ever edition of Top
Online Education Program rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
The graduate program in nursing was ranked among the Top 1 00
in the country by U.S. News. Northwestern State's online graduate
school was ranked as a "Best Buy" for teachers and educators who
seek affordable online education degrees. Our bachelor's programs
in criminal justice and psychology were also named best buys.
Northwestern State continued to grow by adding a master's
program in homeland security and making the bachelor's degree in
computer information systems available online. We are also seeking
to develop additional academic programs that address the needs of
the people of Louisiana. The University also continued to work with
community and technical colleges in Louisiana and in neighbor-
ing states to make it easier for students with two-year degrees to
continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree.
Our alumni continue to excel in their professional lives and bring
distinction to the University. Each week, we learn about an out-
standing accomplishment by an alumnus. I am pleased how often
they thank a mentor at Northwestern State for playing a role in their
I wish each of you a happy holiday season. Thank you for your
support of Northwestern State University.
This year has been one of change and opportunity for me and
for Northwestern State University. Transitioning into the director of
University Advancement has been rewarding and enlightening and
it has been a pleasure to make new acquaintances and renew old
The naming of Northwestern State's College of Education and
Human Development after our generous benefactor, the late Mary
Rives Gallaspy, was a milestone in the history of the university. With
Northwestern's roots as an institution to train teachers, it was an
honor to name the College after an alumna, educator and business-
woman who embodied a spirit of commitment to family and com-
munity. (Read more about this on page 1 1.)
I hope you enjoy a look back at the festivities surrounding
Homecoming, explore links to videos and, if you were unable to be
on campus, experience the sense of family that always surrounds
the reunions, receptions and other events that make Homecoming
The centennial celebration of the NSU's men's basketball pro-
gram gives us an opportunity to remember some of our university's
great moments in sports. Where were you when Jermaine Wallace
made his memorable 3-point shot in the NCAA tournament? This
storied program is in the midst of another exciting season and
Coach Mike McConathy is poised to become the state's winningest
all-time men's college basketball coach.
I wish you all the best for 201 3 and hope to see you on campus
soon. Thank you for all you do to support our alma mater.
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President Joseph B. Stamey. Natchitoches. 1983
1st Vice President Tommy Chester. Natchitoches, 1969
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Jerry Brungart Nalchiloches, 1969. 1971
Monty Chicola Alexandria. 1979. 1980
Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974. 1975
KenGuidry Natchitoches, 1972
Bobby Hebert New Orleans. 1983
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Adrian Howard Bedford. TX, 1989
Patricia Hrapmann New Orleans, 1973. 1978
Gail Jones Natchez. 1981. 1998
Matt Koury Leesville, 1995
Angela Lasyone Natchitoches. 1986
Bryant Lewis Haynesville. 1958
Carroll Long Longview, TX, 1970
WiUiam L. Luckie Luflcin. TX. 2008
David Morgan Austin, TX, 1973
Kip Patrick Washington. DC, 1995
Cliff Poimboeuf. Shreveport, 1984
Denise Que/aire Baton Rouge. 2005
Joseph W. Schelette Shreveport. 1%9
Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964
Casey |o Thompson Shreveport. 2001
Carlos Treadway Northville. .ML 1992
Marti Vienne NalchiltK'hes, 1982
Ricky Walmsley Rogers. AR. 1985
Mike Wilburn Shreveport, 1975
Dr Leonard Williams NewOrlean.s, 1993
Charles "Buddy" Wood Many. 1981
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Cover: Photo illustration shows Coach Prather and 1919 basketball players with current 201 2- 13 team players in the background.
The Titanic sank. Fenway
Park opened. Woodrow Wilson
won a four-way contest for the
White IHouse. Federal income
taxes were created.
James Naismith was a professor and
university physician at the University
of Kansas when Louisiana State Nor-
mal College played its first recorded
men's basket ball game.
That was 1 00 years ago. The Nor-
mal boys united and probably played
hoops against other teams before
1 91 2-13, but there are not docu-
ments to prove it. The records since
that winter tell a century-long story
filled with excitement and success,
brimming with pride about decades
of achievements and generations of
players who have left a rich legacy that
will be the focus of Northwestern State
basketball's centennial celebration,
highlighted by festivities on Saturday,
Looking back on a century of North-
western State basketball, it's easy to
pinpoint the "One Shining Moment"-
the game-winning 3-pointer by senior
guard Jermaine Wallace that capped
a 1 7-point comeback over the final
eight minutes on March 1 7, 2006, as
the Demons of Destiny stunned 1 5th-
ranked and third-seeded Iowa 64-63
in the first round of the NCAA Tourna-
ment. Yes, Cinderella wore purple on
St. Patrick's Day.
It and many other exceptional ac-
complishments were set in motion
when Mike McConathy returned the
An outdoor basketball game before World War I.
family name to Demon basketball as
he accepted the head coaching posi-
tion in March 1999, at a school where
his father Johnny and two uncles
starred in the decade after World War
II. Coach Mike established the credo
"Championship Basketball With a
Purpose" stressing development of
his players as members of a winning
program that emphasized life skills
development, high-caliber character
and academic achievement. Well over
80 percent of McConathy's players
"It meant so much when he was of-
fered the job here, and it's proven that
was a real good hire," said Johnny Mc-
Conathy. "That's what Daddy says, and
I'm not ashamed to say it out loud."
The Demon basketball story in the
NCAA Division era (since 1976-77) is
also highlighted by a Dec. 7, 1 988, 85-
82 triumph in fabled Rupp Arena over
the mighty Kentucky Wildcats, with a
scrappy NSU team guided by former
Demon sharpshooter Dan Bell defy-
ing the odds. Roman Banks played a
pivotal role in the win, and now is the
successful head coach of the South-
ern Jaguars. Another former Demon
guard, Mike Brey, is the accomplished
bench boss of the Notre Dame Fight-
Considering all of the fun and excite-
ment since the days of disco dawned,
the tradition of Demon basketball was
already fabulous at the end of the '50s
and well established when Northwest-
ern State joined NCAA Division I for
the 1976-77 season.
Today's home for NSU hoops,
Prather Coliseum, honors the immense
impact of H. Lee Prather, whose 473
wins from 1913-1950 made him the
nation's winningest coach when he
became president of the recently
renamed Northwestern State College.
His greatest team went 23-5 in 1 948-
49 and reached the NAIA semifinals,
beating BYU a round earlier.
Prather, who was considered nation-
ally on a coaching peer with contem-
poraries such as Kansas'"Phog" Allen
and Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, wasn't
ready to step away from the game.
Tynes Hildebrand was recruited by him
but never played a game for the iconic
"Our first practices were with him,
and then I guess he realized he could
not be both basketball coach and
president of the college," said Hildeb-
rand, whose family traveled the gravel
roads from his home town of Florien
to watch him play for the Demons.
"We went from a legendary coach to a
younger coach who certainly proved
up to the task of following Hank Lee
Taking the helm was the Demons'
first all-America player, Charles "Red"
Thomas, who averaged nearly 20 wins
in his seven seasons before going
into academic administration, retiring
years later as a vice president. Scoring
sensations Jimmy"Red"Leach and Dick
Brown were two of his stars as North-
western won three Gulf States Confer-
ence crowns. Johnny "Hound" McCona-
thy played for Prather's best team and
Thomas'first one before being the fifth
pick in the 1951 NBA Draft.
"Coach Prather was extremely stern,
and he didn't pass out scholarships
easily," said McConathy, whose two
older brothers, George and Leslie,
played for Prather. "I was 5-1 1 when
I came to Northwestern, and Coach
Prather wasn't very interested in me
playing for him. Somebody didn't
show up when school started, and he
said to me, 'I'm not sure that you'll be
any kind of a player, but you're so per-
sistent, I'm going to give you a chance,
one day at a time.' I was fortunate to
grow up a bit [he grew to be 6-5] and
was privileged things fell my way."
continued on page 2
Coach Prather and the 1 932 Demons
Basketball game in old gym, ca. 1950
Basketball continued from page 1
The old men's gym, now renovated
into the Wellness, Recreation and
Activity Center in the heart of campus,
was a tingling crackerbox for Demon
basketball during Prather's reign, and
into the 1960s.
"Those were great nights. When you
squeeze 'em in and squeeze 'em in, it
makes for a great atmosphere, and we
had it every game," said Hildebrand.
"In those days, Natchitoches was very
small, there were very few entertain-
ment options, and a home basketball
game was a big, big event for the
students and the townspeople. There
were always about 2,500 people sitting
elbow to elbow inside, and there were
many more listening on the radio."
One loyal listener was a young David
Clark, a local boy who became one
of Northwestern's finest players from
1 962-67 under coaches Huey Cranford
"My freshman year, we played in the
men's gym, and that was a thrill to play
in the building where so many of our
great players before me had been. I
listened to the radio broadcasts grow-
ing up, then I was on the same court,"
said Clark. "The next season, I was able
to make two free throws at the start
of the first game in Prather Coliseum,
and ! remember thinking as I ran back
down the court that I had scored the
first two points in the new coliseum,
and that was a thrill."
Hildebrand steered Northwestern
to several NAIA playoff appearances,
a notable double OT battle with No.
4-ranked Southwestern Louisiana in
1971, and became a nationally-re-
nowned tactician involved in selecting
the 1 972 USA Olympic team along
with Bob Knight for coach Henry Iba.
Future ABA competitor James Wyatt
posted mind-blowing rebounding
stats and set the school scoring record
from 1965-69, with all-time greats such
as Clark, Demon scoring king Billy "The
Kid" Reynolds and All-America guard
Vernon Wilson making headlines in
Hildebrand's 1 5 seasons as coach.
Charles Bloodworth, a local stand-
out, became the first African-American
player at Northwestern in 1968-69.
"Charles was a great player and
teammate," said Hildebrand. "He got us
out front of other schools, on the right
Constants through the years, with
few exceptions, have been great fan
support and rosters brimming with
home-grown players. This season, 1 5
of McConathy's 1 8 players are Louisi-
"Back in my father's day, all of the
state colleges recruited very close to
home out of necessity. It was not easy
to travel great distances," said McCona-
thy. "Now many programs from around
the country come into Louisiana
recruiting, because Louisiana basket-
ball is so strong. We're always going to
be Louisiana-based by choice, because
there's nothing like playing in front of
family and friends."
Demon fans have always been pas-
"We had a big fan base, and every-
one knew your name," said Earnest
Reliford, a native of Ashland who was a
standout from 1 977-82. "We had some
of the best fans anywhere, and they
treated us like family.
"It's been a while since I played, but
there's still that family atmosphere,"
said Reliford, who attends every home
game and many early-morning prac-
tices. "They don't forget you, whether
you're always around like I am, or if
you're a player who has come back
after a long time. That's special."
"If you want to go somewhere that
the people on campus and in the ^
community care about you," said Don '
Ashworth, who played from 1965-69,
"Northwestern is still the place to be."
Today Hildebrand, later NSU's athlet-
ics director from 1 983-96, is one of the
NCAA's four regional officiating ob-
servers, an assignment which Demon
fans from back in the day and officials
of his coaching career doubtless find
ironic. Hildebrand's influence covers
seven decades as player, coach, admin-
istrator and NCAA coordinator, bridg-
ing the timeline from Coach Prather to
Coach McConathy as he's watched and
helped shape our rich history.
"I've been a player, then a teacher
and coach locally, then basketball
coach here, then in the university ad-
ministration and then athletic director.
There's just so many things that have
happened that have been very posi-
tive, very good for me and my family,
because of Northwestern," he said.
Any time the Demons take the court,
at home in Prather Coliseum or even in
arenas far from Natchitoches, it's likely
that former players and coaches are
"It brings back old memories. You
look at the young men on the floor,
and you think back on some of the
good times and know that they're hav-
ing some of those same experiences,"
said Gene Wright, a Demon from
1 958-62. "It's a good feeling every time
I watch them play."
Alumni News III
Grady Beard (1 983) has been included in the 201 3
edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a directory used by
thousands of lawyers and corporations that is regarded as the
preeminent guide to the legal profession in the United States.
Beard, a member of Sowell Gray Stepp and Laffitte, LLC, is
recognized for his practice in workers' compensation law.
Located in Columbia's historic Vista district, Sowell Gray
Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, provides business and litigation repre-
sentation in all state and federal trial and appellate courts in
Essie Cockrell (l 970), academic adviser and
recruiter for the LSU Health Science Center School
of Nursing, retired in September after 1 7 years of
"My greatest joy is working with students who
come into my office undecided about a major,
and seeing their faces light up after exploring the
amazing opportunities in the field of nursing," said
Cockrell. "I'm passionate about nursing and love watching pre-
nursing students succeed in their careers."
Cockrell's many accomplishments during her time at LSU
include earning two master's degrees: a Master of Science in
human resource education and workforce development from
LSU and a Master of Science in nursing from Southeastern
Louisiana University. She also taught several courses in the
LSU School of Social Work's study abroad program.
Paul Ivey, LSU executive director of the LSU University Col-
lege, said that the loss of a School of Nursing academic advi-
sor on the LSU campus is significant.
"More particularly, the loss of a dedicated professional
such as Essie Cockrell will be difficult for this campus to truly
appreciate, but the pre-nursing students who interacted with
her on a regular basis can certainly attest to her value," Ivey
John Manno (1978) and his wife Lynne of Shreveport
were honored in November as Outstanding Philanthropist
in north Louisiana by the North Louisiana Association of
Fundraising Professionals. Recipients were selected based on
their work to further philanthropy in north Louisiana. Those
honored reflect a spirit of generosity, creative leadership,
team building and commitment to the community. The NSU
Foundation nominated Mr. and Mrs. Manno for the award.
The Manno family company. Southland Printing has over
the years supported charitable organizations such as the
Volunteers of America and the Northwest Louisiana Chapter
of the American Red Cross, as well as educational institutions
including Louisiana State University, Centenary College of
Louisiana and Northwestern State University. Southland also
is invested in cultivating the local arts, having provided dona-
tions to both the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and The
Strand Theatre, where Manno served on the Board of Direc-
tors for 28 years. He is also involved with the Krewe of Gemini
and is an active member of both St. Pius X Catholic Church
and Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Manno is a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and is an
advisor to the chapter on the NSU campus. He has served on
the NSU Foundation Board of Directors and has shown his
generosity by establishing scholarships to assist students at
Northwestern as well as by serving as the chairman of North-
western State's most recent capital campaign which closed
earlier this year with a record of over $36 million dedicated to
support the educational mission of NSU.
Sophie Packard (1 969, 1 984) and the late Joe Sampite
(1959) were among those recognized as Natchitoches Trea-
sures for 201 2. A recognition ceremony was held in October,
sponsored by the City of Natchitoches. Natchitoches Trea-
sures are residents of retirement age or deceased within the
last year who made lasting contributions to the community
through their generosity, service, volunteerism or spirit. The
treasures are selected by those who have previously been
selected as Treasures.
Former student-athlete, actor and busi-
nessman Rhett Crosby (i 999) drove
from Phoenix, Ariz., to Los Angeles to see
his hero Arnold Schwarzenegger during
a book tour for his memoir"Total Recall:
My Unbelievably True Life Story." Crosby
arrived for the book signing 21 hours early
and slept briefly in his car before making
himself first in line for the book signing in
October. Crosby was interviewed and pho-
tographed with former California governor -
for a piece that ran in the Los Angeles Times ^ i
where Crosby described himself as "the ^
number one Arnold fan in the world."
Crosby said he's been a Schwarzenegger
admirer since age eight and that Schwar-
zenegger had been a role model for him, his father and broth-
er, all body builders who spent years working out to routines
in Schwarzenegger's "Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding."
Though fans swarmed the bookstore, Schwarzenegger was
an hour late for the book signing. Crosby was not disap-
pointed, however, as he got his book autographed and was
featured prominently in the Times photo and Twitter coverage
of the event.
Crosby is a writer and voice character specialist with his
company eXtreme Voice Talent.
Chef Manny Augello of Jolie's Louisiana Bistro in La-
fayette was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New
York earlier this year. Augello served a farm-to-table dinner at
the Beard House that featured authentic spring and summer
foods of Louisiana, including Creole tomatoes, boudin, crack-
lins, crabmeat, choupique caviar, grits and south Louisiana
cheeses. A French wine called La Louisiane accompanied the
Augello is a native of Palermo, Italy, but grew up in the
United States and attended Northwestern State. He is an
executive chef and a leader in the farm-to-table movement,
sitting on the advisory board of the Acadiana Food Circle and
purchasing 82 to 86 percent of Jolie's produce from local farm-
ers as his menu changes with every season.
Augello's specialty is charcuterie. For a peek at his menus,
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Family's marathon journey featured on ESPN's E:60
Northwpstprn State University araduate Heath White and White was deoloved after 9/1 1
Northwestern State University graduate Heath White and
his family were featured on ESPN's E:60 in a segnnent that pro
filed their inspiring endeavor to raise awareness about indi
viduals with Down Syndronne. E:60 is a
weekly newsmagazine that examines is-
sues and events related to American and
international sports. White drew media
attention for completing marathons with
his daughter Paisley who was born with
Down Syndrome. The feature aired in Oc-
tober and can be viewed by scanning the
QR code below.
"Having a child with Down Syndrome was hard," said White,
who had already completed three or four marathons before
Paisley, his second child, was born. "I came to terms with it
when she was about a year old and ran the first marathon with
her in 2008 to apologize to her and let everyone know what
she means to me."
With White pushing Paisley in a jogger stroller, they com-
pleted n marathons, - including a 31-mile ultra marathon
- totaling 321 miles, a distance significant to White because
DS is caused by the presence of a third copy of chromosome
21. They also competed in a 5K, with White pushing Paisley
and a friend, winning second place. Those accomplishment at-
tracted news reporters to the family and they were approached
by ESPN, who followed them for two years gathering footage
for the f;60 episode.
White, a former Air Force pilot, is a special agent for the FBI.
He earned a degree in political science at Northwestern State
in 1 995 and a master's degree in aeronautics from Embry-Rid-
dle Aeronautical University. His wife, Jennifer Chance White,
earned a degree in elementary education at Northwestern
State in 1995 and taught for 15 years. She is now a stay at
home mother. They are both natives of Waskom, Texas, and in
addition to Paisley, age 5, the Whites are parents to daughters
Pepper, 7, and Tex, 2, and welcomed their fourth daughter in
October. The family lives in Miami, Fla.
Initially, Paisley mostly napped during rac
es, but as she grew older began to interact
with other runners and wave at spectators
from her stroller, which was outfitted with
a radio, water bottles and snacks.
"It was very positive,"White said. "We
got positive reaction from other runners
and the crowds. We did Little Rock five
years in a row and they expected to
see us. It was very motivating."
"Having a child with
Down Syndrome was hard.
I came to terms with it when
she was about a year old..."
White was deployed after 9/1 1 and ran his first marathon
in January 2002. He has completed a total of 22 and quali-
fied for the Boston Marathon twice. His oldest daughter
Pepper is also an athlete, having compet-
ed in a triathlon and currently training in
jujitsu. Last November, White and Paisley
competed in a 5K in his hometown, Was-
kom, the only time the two came in first.
Paisley is now involved with Little Rock-
ers Kids Marathon, a program that en-
courages children ages 7-12 to complete
a modified marathon over an extended
period of time. She walks a quarter mile every day and will
finish the final mile of her marathon with other children on the
Little Rock Marathon racecourse March 2, 201 3. The exercise
keeps her healthy and active, her father said.
The 201 2 Little Rock Marathon in March was the last the two
ran together. White now intends to run
partnered with young adults affected
by cerebral palsy.
"What began as a tribute to my
daughter evolved to a statement
about everyone with disabilities,"
said White, who has participated in
dozens of interviews and has spoken
publicly about DS, his relationship
with Paisley and how she changed
him. "If my message is that children
with disabilities are just like other
kids, then it was time to stop. Lit-
tle Rock was the finale and the
end was emotional. Paisley is
now ambulatory. Now I want
to be paired with someone
who can't walk."
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Five added to
Long Purple Line
Five Northwestern State University
alumni were recognized as new mem-
bers of the NSU Alumni Hall of Distinc-
tion, the Long Purple Line, for 201 2.
This year's inductees are Philip Barba-
ree of Shreveport, Robert Lee Kirchoff
Sr. of Baton Rouge, the late Mary Rives
Gallaspy of Pelican, H. Wayne McCul-
len of Natchitoches and the late Dr.
George Thomas Walker of Monroe.
The inductees were honored during
a series of events as part of Homecom-
ing festivities Oct. 26-27. Out of more
than 75,000 Northwestern alumni,
only 109 people have been chosen for
Barbaree and Kirchoff opened
their first Superior Grill Restaurant in
Shreveport in 1983. After nearly 30
years in the restaurant business, they
own and operate seven restaurants,
five in Louisiana and two in Alabama
Barbaree graduated from NSU in
1 976 earning a Bachelor of Science
in Business Administration. While at
Northwestern State, he was a member
of numerous organizations includ-
ing Kappa Sigma Fraternity where he
served as chapter president and held
Upon graduation, he returned to
Shreveport to work with his father
in the construction industry before
opening Superior Grill. Barbaree was
inducted into the Northwestern State
School of Business Hall of Distinction
earlier this year.
Gallaspy, known for her generosity
and involvement in her community,
passed away in 2010. She was born in
Pelican in 1 925 and graduated from
Northwestern State College, now NSU,
in 1946. She did post-graduate study
at the University of Colorado and the
University of Arkansas, where she
received her master's degree.
Gallaspy taught business and Loui-
siana history at Pelican High School
from 1945-1971, serving as sponsor
of the Future Business Leaders of
America and giving of her time to take
students to musical events, conven-
tions and other activities. Gallaspy was
a member of Delta Kappa Gamma,
serving as MU chapter president from
1958-60 and 1968-70. She was Epsilon
Northwestern State University hosted a reception to honor inductees into the Alumni
Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line. This year's inductees included Philip Barbaree of
Shreveport, Robert Lee Kirchoff Sr. of Baton Rouge, the late Mary Rives Gallaspy of Pelican,
H. Wayne McCullen of Natchitoches and the late George Thomas Walker of Monroe. From
left are NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, John N. Gallaspy, McCullen, Kirchoff, Ellen Walker
Stephenson, George Walker Jr., Madeleine Walker, Molly Gallaspy, Dixie Gallaspy, Dr. Leigh
Ann Myers, Dr. Whit Gallaspy and Emily Myers.
state secretary from 1 959-61 . For many
years she was active in the DeSoto Par-
ish Retired Teachers Association.
Gallaspy was a lifelong member
of the Pelican Baptist Church. She
served as chairman of the fundrais-
ing committee for the new Fellowship
Hall, which was totally paid for when
completed. She donated a piano and
an organ to the church in honor of
her parents, John Baker and Lillian
McMullen Gallaspy, a 1913 graduate
of Normal, and her aunt and uncle,
Hettie and Earl Fincher. In addition, she
donated property for the expansion
of the Pelican Cemetery, and donated
several Pelican town lots to the Pelican
Baptist and Pelican United Methodist
A gift from Gallaspy, which includes
property in DeSoto Parish as well as a
monetary bequest, created the Mary
Rives Gallaspy Charitable Trust, which
is administered by the board of direc-
tors of the NSU Foundation.
Income from the trust will fund two
scholarships: the Hettie McMullen
Fincher Scholarship in Mathematics
and the Mary Rives Gallaspy Scholar-
ship for Business and Education. The
Fincher scholarship honors Gallaspy's
aunt, who graduated from State Nor-
mal School, now Northwestern State,
in 1908. The NSU College of Education
and Human Development was recently
renamed for the Gallaspy family. Read
more about Mary Gallaspy on page 1 1 .
Kirchoff is a 1 977 graduate of
Northwestern State having earned a
Bachelor of Science in Business Admin-
istration. While at Northwestern State,
Kirchoff was a defensive lineman on
the Demon football team. He was also
a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity
and was named Man of the Year by
Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. After
graduating, he moved to Houston and
was employed by Oil Base Incorpo-
in 1989, Kirchoff and his family
moved to Baton Rouge to open the
second Superior Grill. Kirchoff and
Barbaree also opened a Superior Grill
and Cocina Superior in Birmingham,
Ala., and a Superior Grill and Superior
Seafood in New Orleans. Kirchoff was
inducted into the Northwestern State
School of Business Hall of Distinction
earlier this year.
McCullen was a three-term mayor
of Natchitoches, leading the city from
2000-201 2. He was a member of the
Natchitoches City Council from 1 980
A 1 969 graduate of Northwestern
State in nursing, McCullen earned a
bachelor's in anesthesia at the Univer-
sity of South Alabama. He served as
director of anesthesia at Natchitoches
Regional Medical Center from 1974
He was named the Outstanding
Young Man of Natchitoches Parish and
one of the Top 10 Outstanding Young
Men of Louisiana in 1 977. In 1 980, Mc-
Cullen was chosen as the Outstanding
Man of Natchitoches. Northwestern
State honored him with an Nth Degree
for his meritorious service.
Walker, a native of Wyatt, graduated
from Louisiana State Normal College
in 1 935, then earned a master's at
Louisiana State University. He taught
at Northeast Junior College, South-
eastern Louisiana College and South-
western Louisiana Institute (now the
University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
before becoming personnel director
for the Port of Embarkation in New
Orleans during World War II.
After the war, he earned his doc-
torate at LSU and later returned to
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Hall of Distinguished Educators inducts 2012 class
HALL OF DISTINCUSHED EDICAIORS
COI I.Kf '')l CATION
Northwestern State University's College of Education and
Human Development inducted five alumni into its Hall of
Distinguished Educators during this year's Homecoming
celebration Oct. 27. Honorees must have graduated from
Northwestern State's College of Education at least 30 years
prior to nomination.
This year's Distin-
guished Educators are
Dr. Cile Chavez of Little-
ton, Colo.; Dr. James
Haley of Bossier City,
Dr. Sandra McCalla of
Shreveport, Dr. Cathy
Seymour of Natchi-
toches, and Susan
Taylor of Coushatta.
Chavez earned a
degree in social science
and mathematics at
Northwestern State in
1 963, a master's degree
in educational admin-
istration at the Univer-
sity of New Orleans in
1967 and a doctorate
in curriculum and
instruction from the
University of Northern
Colorado in 1980. She
began her career as a
teacher in Orleans Par-
ish. Prior to beginning
her own consulting business, she was a teacher and adminis-
trator at the middle, high school and university level. During
her career, she served as superintendent of Littleton Public
Schools, director of the North Central Accreditation for
Colorado and assistant dean of the University of Colorado's
College of Education, among other education enterprises.
Chavez has lived in Colorado for more than 40 years. She
has served in leadership positions in numerous community
organizations and earned the Phi Delta Kappa Leadership
Award twice. She was named one of the top 100 educa-
tors in the United States and was a finalist for the Colorado
Superintendent of the Year. She also authored a book, "Spirit
Moves: Attributes for Transforming Leadership." Chavez has
three children and two grandchildren.
Haley earned a bachelor's degree in health and physi-
cal education and social studies at Northwestern State in
1 959, a master's in education 1 964 and doctor of education
degree in 1 976. After working as a teacher and coach for
several years, he moved into administration as a principal,
assistant superintendent and superintendent in Beauregard
Parish before joining Northwestern State University's admin-
istration as vice president for University Affairs.
Haley has been affiliated with numerous professional
associations, serving as president of the Southwest Super-
intendents Association and the Louisiana Superintendents
Nortli vvi.stL'rn State University's College of Education and Human Development
inducted five alumni into its Hall of Distinguished Educators during this year's
Homecoming celebration Oct. 27. Honorees must have graduated from North-
western State's College of Education at least 30 years prior to nomination. This
year's Distinguished Educators are, from left, Dr. Sandra McCalla of Shreveport, Dr.
James Haley of Bossier City, Susan Taylor of Coushatta, Dr. Cile Chavez of Littleton,
Colo., and Dr. Cathy Seymour of Natchitoches, congratulated by Dr. Vickie Gentry,
dean of the Gallaspy (Family) College of Education and Human Development and
NSU President Dr. Randall. J. Webb.
Association, the executive committee for the Louisiana High
School Athletic Association and the Governor's Advisory
Council for Drug Free Schools and Communities. Haley said
hearing from former students and how he made a positive
impact on them is one of the most rewarding aspects of
his long career. Retired
since 1995, he currently
does consulting and
inspection work. He has
been married to Marilyn
J. Haley for 32 years and
has four children and
McCalla earned a
bachelor's degree in
mathematics at North-
western State in 1960.
She earned a master's in
instruction and curricu-
lum and mathematics
with computer science
in 1968 and Ed.D. in
education leadership at
Texas A & M University in
1 987. She was a teacher
and principal in Caddo
Parish for 28 years be-
fore joining the faculty
at Northwestern State as
a professor and direc-
tor of the Division of
Education. She returned
to Caddo Parish as principal and has served as principal at
Captain Shreve High School since 1 994. She also works as an
adjunct instructor for Louisiana State University-Shreveport.
McCalla said accepting the Blue Ribbon School award on
behalf of Captain Shreve High School from the President of
the United States at the White House was among her most
memorable experiences in education. McCalla has earned
several honors during her career, including Caddo Parish
Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year, Louisiana High
School Principal of the Year, Louisiana Principal of the Year,
Louisiana Student Councils, and the National PTA Life Ser-
vice Award. McCalla has been selected to numerous leader-
ship activities, authored several publications on student
leadership and made numerous presentations on education
Seymour earned a bachelor's de-
gree in social studies and journalism
education at Northwestern State in
1974, a master's degree in secondary
reading in 1976 and a doctoral degree
in elementary education and adminis-
tration in 1 981 . She began her career
in classrooms in Natchitoches Parish
before moving to Centenary College
to direct the English Language Center
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to see the video.
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Making An Impact
Donna Weeks Duvall is proud to
be born and raised in Rosepine,
a one stoplight town where
roots run deep, many residents are
related and churches proliferate at
every turn. Duvall is halfway through
a four-year term as the first female
mayor of Rosepine, a place settled by
her ancestors in Vernon Parish in rural
west central Louisiana.
"My maternal and paternal families
were founding pioneers of the town,"
said Duvall, who lives on property orig-
inally settled by her great-grandfather.
"The town of Rosepine was actually
part of a tract granted to him by the
Land Grant Act. I'm related to most of
the town on both sides of my family."
Duvall graduated from Rosepine
High School and earned a degree at
Northwestern State in 1990. After
earning her degree in general studies
with a concentration in social sci-
ences at Northwestern, Duvall and her
husband, a member of Special Forces,
moved to North Carolina, where she
attended Bartonville Women's College
and Fayettevi lie Tech in pursuit of a
nursing career. When an opportunity
arose to return to Louisiana, Duvall
moved back home to her family's
homeplace and began working in
aquatic rehab and wellness at Physi-
cal Therapy Services in Leesville. She
is a licensed exercise physiologist
and helps individuals with arthritis,
Parkinson's disease and knee and back
"The water helps everybody, unless
they are afraid of it," she said. "Aquatic
therapy has been a rewarding passion
for 1 8 years," she said. "I do water exer-
cises all day and then I go be mayor."
Descendant of Rosepine founders serves as
town's first female mayor
Rosepine was founded in 1902 when
logging was the area's primary indus-
try. Located halfway between Leesville
and DeRidder, Rosepine is Vernon
Parish's second largest town with a
population of about 1,400. The close-
knit community has good schools and
an appealing small town atmosphere,
she said, with nearby Fort Polk provid-
ing some opportunity for growth.
"It's been a whirlwind adventure. It's
difficult to make changes in a small
municipality with little money, but
that's true everywhere," she said. "I
hope to promote unity and growth for
the betterment of Rosepine and the
citizens of the town."
Duvall said that though water
therapy has always been her passion,
government is quickly supplanting
that as the main focus of her time and
energy and balancing her work at the
clinic with municipal duties is chal-
"There are a lot of issues to deal
with. Our infrastructure is from the 60s
and breaking down. It's dealing with
issues both large and small."
Duvall didn't intend to run for mayor.
"I originally wanted to run for alder-
man as a community service. I needed
a new challenge. After I registered to
qualify, they called me and asked me
to run for mayor," she said. "My cousin
really encouraged me to do it. Some-
times people see things in you that
you don't see in yourself."
She had no campaign experience,
but started on the ground going door
"My grandfather was in a politi-
cal position," she said. "I didn't have
much experience, but once I started
campaigning, I wanted to win. I didn't
know what I was getting into."
She takes the job day by day, learn-
ing every day to be a better leader, she
"I'm hoping to do some good."
Duvall's husband Jay is retired from
the U.S. Army. She is the proud mother
of David A. Vines and very proud of her
As mayor, she enjoys working with
the council and others, who are mostly
supportive. She hopes that Vernon
Parish leaders will more effectively
network with the Army to grow the
area, which means finding solutions
for a failing infrastructure to attract
new businesses. At a meeting of the
Louisiana Mayor's Association, she dis-
covered that many municipalities have
similar problems with infrastructure,
especially when communities have
been affected by drought.
"We recently had to pass a sales
tax and it was a hard decision. The
septic lines were put in in the 1 960s
and need improvements. We need
to repair the wastewater treatment
plant. People want repairs right away,
but it's a process. We've had to raise
rates on water and sewer. It's hard on
the elderly. It's hard on families with
children. It's hard on everyone."
Duvall tries to focus on the positive.
She is working with her local histori-
cal society to develop a walking park
for Rosepine and would like to build a
ballpark for children.
"I hope some of those projects,
like the walking track, will bring the
elderly and children together. Those
are things that all communities need.
Our school is a big attraction. We have
a good school and good educators but
Working to solve her town's prob-
lems has impacted Duvall's life in
"mostly positive ways, but it's challeng-
ing. I know my grandparents would
be proud. They were hardworking.
Christian people. They'd also say 'Look
what you got yourself into.' It's work.
It's hard. I give it my all and try to do
the right thing for people. Everybody
wants to live in Rosepine. It's a nice
town and a nice community. It's the
rose in the pines."
Surgical unit named
for Ledet and partner
West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital in
Sulphur held a dedication cerennony
to honor Northwestern State Uni-
versity alumnus Dr. Walter Ledet Jr.
and his colleague Dr. A. Kent Seale in
naming the hospital's surgical depart-
ment after them. The naming of the
Dr. A. Kent Seale/Dr. Walter P. Ledet Jr.
Surgery Department hospital honors
the surgeons' long history of service
and commitment to the hospital and
Ledet is a board certified surgeon
who has practiced in Sulphur since
1975. His research and techniques in
surgical removal of the gallbladder
conducted with his partner Seale have
been published in leading medical
journals and received national and
international acclaim. Ledet and Seale
traveled to Mexico and Sweden to
present their findings and demon-
strate their surgical techniques.
During the ceremony, several physi-
cians and members of the hospital
leadership team shared comments
about the accomplishments of the two
surgeons and their ability to provide
continuous general surgery call cover-
age at West Calcasieu Cameron Hos-
pital for over 40 years. Sulphur Mayor
Chris Duncan presented each with a
key to the city.
Ledet was named one of Louisiana's
Top Doctors in 2007 and was named in
Ledet did his internship at Con-
federate Memorial Medical Center in
Shreveport and was named Outstand-
ing Intern. He served as chief surgery
resident and chief administrative
house staff resident in 1 973. He served
Dr. Walter Ledet jr. was surrounded by family during a dedication ceremony for the Seale/
Ledet Surgical Department at West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital in Sulphur. From left are
Dr. Winston Bollinger, Camille Bollinger, Dr. Walter Ledet Jr., his wife, Michelle, and his par-
ents, Betty and Walter Ledet Sr.
as a staff surgeon in the U.S. Navy.
Ledet is a member of the Calcasieu
and Louisiana State Medical Societies,
the American Academy of Pain Man-
agement and the Society of Laparoen-
doscopic Surgeons. He is a member of
the Surgical Association of Louisiana
and the American Burn Association.
In 2007, he was named one of the
state's top surgeons by Louisiana Life
magazine, which surveyed physicians
throughout the state to identify the
best professionals in 71 specialty areas.
Ledet's great-grandfather was Dr.
James Willis, a founding doctor of
Willis-Knighton Medical Center in
Ledet and Seale trained together
during their residencies more than 40
years ago before the two opened the
Sulphur Surgical Clinic. As advances
in technology, surgery and medicine
occurred, the two took the lead on
pioneering several practices and took
advantage of medical innovations to
lessen post-op recovery time. They
invented the minicholecystectomy,
a new and efficient approach to gall
bladder surgery, and were the first
surgeons in the United States to use
the improved technique.
Ledet earned his undergraduate
degree at Northwestern State in 1964.
Last year, he was inducted into the
Long Purple Line, Northwestern State's
Alumni Hall of Distinction. Out of more
than 75,000 Northwestern alumni,
only 1 09 people have been chosen for
Following comments from their
friends and colleagues, the A. Kent
Seale, Walter P Ledet, Jr., Surgery De-
partment plaque commemorating the
ceremony, along with photos of the
surgeons, was unveiled. The surgery
department that bears their names
includes five surgical suites, a post
anesthesia recovery area, two special
procedure suites and an accompany-
ing day surgery department.
Long Purple Line continued from page 5
Northwestern State as dean of applied arts and sciences and
dean of administration.
In 1 958, he became president of Northeast Louisiana State
College, now the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and
served until 1976. Under his leadership, Northeast grew in
enrollment and academic stature and increased its physical
plant. In Walker's 18-year presidency, Northeast became the
largest university in North Louisiana in terms of enrollment
and state appropriations. Enrollment increased from 2,100
to 9,700 and the institution achieved university status.
Walker was the author of numerous academic and profes-
sional journal articles, and authored several books on ac-
counting and business education. Following his retirement
he wrote The Building of a University (]99]) and Emy-Lou
Biedenharn: Her Life and Legacy ( 1 999). Walker passed away
Man of many trades contributes to Louisiana food book
State Rep. Henry Burns of Haugh-
ton has demonstrated during
his colorful career in business,
politics, military service and
most recently as an author just how
versatile, flexible and successful North-
western State University graduates can
Burns, who enrolled at Northwest-
ern after graduation from high school
in the little Webster Parish town of
Shongaloo, earned a bachelor's degree
in upper elementary education in 1 970
and later received a master's from Pep-
perdine University in California.
Planning to use his education
degrees for a career in teaching. Burns
got sidetracked by a commission as a
second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and
became an expert and instructor in ex-
plosive ordinance disposal for military
His academic background in educa-
tion helped prepare Burns to teach
U.S. soldiers, NATO forces, FBI and CIA
officers and others classes in military
munitions, clandestine devices. Presi-
dential security and special weapons.
After nearly eight years in the Army
and two decades in the Army Reserves,
Burns retired as a lieutenant colonel
and received the prestigious Meritori-
ous Service Medal.
When Burns ended his full-time stint
in the Army in the late 1970s, oil fields
around his hometown of Shongaloo
and other parts of North Louisiana
were bustling with activity, and he
decided to get in on the oil business
Henry had seen a lot of the country
in his military travels, but he wanted
to get back close to his roots when
itcametime to settle down. He had
fond memories of his time in the
woods, rivers and streams that sur-
rounded his little hometown.
There was also a strong, lifelong
bond with his college alma mater
in Natchitoches, which was not far
away. His mother had graduated from
Northwestern and was an elementary
teacher. His dad attended LSU and
became a Farm Bureau agent after a
career of military service.
Henry and his wife Lynette guided
all four of their children to Northwest-
ern although Lynette went to Kansas
State. Henry said he could accept that,
because the school's colors of purple
Henry, who has served on North-
western Alumni Association and NSU
Foundation boards, has recently been
a featured guest at book signings in
and around Shreveport. Northwestern
alumni can look for the book by the NSU
alumnus and feel some of the verve, vi-
brancy and magnetism that have made
Henry Burns such a successful business-
man, prominent politician and riow a
and white are the same as Northwest-
ern's. All of Henry and Lynette's kids
and their spouses are NSU alumni.
The Burns family was living the good
life when oil wells were pumping and
he was an independent petroleum and
natural gas operator, but the bottom
dropped out of the oil business in the
state in the 1980s.
Then Henry, who had kids in college
and had also become a thoroughbred
owner and breeder when times were
good, started looking for a better way
to feed his family and his stable of
Burns heard that The Wooden
Spoon, a bakery that specialized in
gift baskets of cookies and cakes, was
for sale. With no skills or knowledge
about the baking business except a
deep appreciation for his grandmoth-
er's banana nut bread, Henry bought
Henry and a couple of employees
made bushels of cookies and cakes
from scratch every morning, and he
personally delivered gift baskets of the
baked goods by the thousands over
the years to birthday parties, hospitals,
holiday events, offices and homes.
He became known as the Cookie
Man and made a lot of friends as he
delivered gift baskets far and wide for
special occasions, captivated folks with
his wit and charisma and entertained
them with downhome stories about
his life and Shongaloo upbringing.
Careful to remind people that he is
the Cookie Man with a "C" and not a
"K," Henry acknowledges that he might
be viewed once in a while as a little
"kooky" because of his flamboyance
and gregarious personality.
But it was that unique persona,
combined with his military and busi-
ness experience, strong educational
background, compassion for people
and the relationships that he built by
visiting with so many folks through the
years, that helped launch yet another
successful career for Henry. . .this time
He was elected to the Bossier Parish
School Board and served in that posi-
tion for 1 5 years. Then Henry expand-
ed his political influence by winning
a seat in the Louisiana House in 2007.
He was re-elected to the position last
year without opposition.
Burns is popular with legislative col-
leagues and has also been an effective
part of major reforms in the state as
an ally and floor leader for Gov. Bobby
Friends in the House and Senate say
that if the legislature had a congenial-
ity award similar to those for beauty
contests, Henry would win it. Not the
beauty contest, just the congeniality
Now Henry is adding a new chapter
to his life, so to speak. He is calling
himself an author, but that might be
stretching it a bit. Actually, he wrote
just a chapter for a new book entitled,
"Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde."
The book that was created and
edited by Peggy Sweeney McDonald
and produced by Pelican Publishing
Company includes 77 chapters by
restaurant owners, chefs, elected of-
ficials and other notable personalities
focusing on a wide variety of Louisiana
foods, culture and cuisine.
Burns' segment of the slick, 200-
page publication highlights his Wood-
en Spoon business and touches on
other aspects of the life of the Cookie
Man, a title that he treasures.
Included in the chapter by Burns
is a recipe for the kind of banana nut
bread that he could smell baking in his
grandmother's oven as he grew up in
the Red Rock Hills of North Louisiana.
continued from page 6
and later serve as an assistant prin-
cipal in Caddo Parish. She joined
the faculty at Northwestern State's
College of Education in 1 999 as
director of clinical experience and
associate dean until her retirement
in 2007. She is currently an educa-
tion consultant for Pearson Publish-
ing and JBHM Education Group.
Seymour is a member of Phi
Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi and
numerous other professional
organizations related to educa-
tion, accreditation and professional
development. Seymour said many
of her most memorable teaching
experiences occurred while work-
ing with students in alternative
school environments and watching
pre-service teachers evolve from
students to competent educators.
She has been married for 42 years
to Dr. Dan Seymour. The couple
has two children and are expecting
their first grandchild.
Taylor earned her bachelor's
degree in elementary education in
1974, M.Ed, in reading in 1978 and
-1-30 in 1 980. She began her career
in the elementary classroom before
moving into administration in Red
River and Natchitoches parishes,
serving as principal of Coushatta
Elementary, the NSU Elementary
Lab School and Riverdale Academy.
She is currently school improve-
ment specialist/principal mentor
for JBHM Education Group. Taylor
cited her years of working with and
mentoring new teachers and de-
signing and implementing success-
ful practices as among the most
rewarding of her career.
Taylor has been recognized as
Woman of the Year, Principal of the
Year and Teacher of the Year for
Red River Parish and was Student
Teacher of the Year at Northwestern
State. She is a member of Delta
Kappa Gamma honor society for
women educators. Taylor has been
married to Joe F. Taylor for 47 years
and the couple has two daughters
and four grandchildren. Both their
daughters earned degrees in edu-
cation at Northwestern State.
President honors Murchison with
Distinguished Service Award
Northwestern State University honored the late Tom Murchison with the Presi-
dent's Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his service to the university
and to the Natchitoches community. Murchison's family accepted the award
during the Nov. 10 football game inTurpin Stadium. NSU President Dr. Randall J.
Webb presented the award to members of the Murchison family, from left, Farrah
Murchison, Vicki Murchison, Ava Murchison, Tommy Murchison, Gretchen Murchi-
son, Anna Grace Murchison, Ian Murchison, Tim Murchison, Tyler Murchison, Lane
Murchison and Garrett Murchison with NSU Director of University Advancement
View the full story in the Lagniappe Section at northwesternalumni.com/
alumnicolumns or scan the QR code with your smartphone to see a video clip.
Johnny Antoon presented with Nth Degree
Northwestern State University awarded an Nth degree to Natchitoches business-
man Johnny Antoon at halftime of the Northwestern State - Sam Houston football
game. Antoon, a 1 968 graduate of Northwestern, has helped numerous NSU stu-
dents pay for their college education by providing them with jobs. The Nth Degree
is given in recognition of unselfish devotion to duty and the willingness to go the
"extra mile" in meritorious service to mankind. Those at the presentation were,
from left, NSU Director of University Advancement Brad Laird, Assistant Director
of Development Jill Bankston, Danielle Antoon, Michael Antoon, Merle Antoon,
Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb and Johnny Antoon.
View the full story in the Lagniappe Section at northwesternalumni.com/
alumnicolumns or scan the QR code with your smartphone to see a video clip.
Northwestern State University's College of Education and
Human Development will be named the Gallaspy (Family) Col
lege of Education and Human Development in tribute to the
distinguished educator and Northwestern State alumna Mary
Rives Gallaspy and her family, several of whom are also North-
western State graduates who pursued careers as educators.
Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb an-
nounced the renaming during a
Long Purple Line reception, where
Gallaspy family members were gath-
ered for the induction of Mary Rives
Gallaspy into Northwestern State's
Alumni Hall of Distinction.
"Mary Rives Gallaspy was a kind,
generous, service-oriented lady
who became blessed with resources
and knew well how to manage
them," Webb said. "Her compassion
for others during her lifetime was
exemplary, but was even more so in
her death. When she passed away in
December 201 0, her generous estate
was directed toward the enhance-
ment of the lives of many."
Last year, the Gallaspy family
announced a bequest to Northwest-
ern State University that includes
property in DeSoto Parish, as well as
a monetary donation that together
created the Mary Rives Gallaspy
Charitable Trust administered by the
NSU Foundation board of directors.
Income from the trust funds two
scholarships: the Hettie McMullen
Fincher Scholarship in Mathematics
and the Mary Rives Gallaspy Scholar-
ship for Business and Education. The
Fincher scholarship honors Gallaspy's
aunt, who graduated from Normal, as Northwestern State
was then known, in 1 908. A branch of the Gallaspy family
also established the Mary Leigh Marshall Gallaspy Endowed
Scholarship for Family and Consumer Sciences.
Gallaspy was recently inducted into the Long Purple Line,
NSU's Alumni Hall of Distinction. (See page 8.)
Gallaspy was also the owner of Rocking G Farms, a cattle
and timber business in DeSoto Parish. She established two
subdivisions in the Stonewall area. Pelican Place North and
The Meadows. Through the years, Gallaspy was a caregiver to
many elderly relatives and friends in her hometown of Pelican.
After her father's death, she and her mother moved to Shreve-
port. When her mother became ill and two of her aunts also
needed care, Gallaspy provided them a home and met their
Mary Rives Gallaspy
College of Education and
Human Development named
for Gallaspy family
needs. The other half of Gallaspy's extensive holdings were
made available to the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home.
Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the College of Education and
Human Development, said faculty in the college voted for the
renaming and expressed full support of the initiative.
"Miss Gallaspy's gift to Northwestern will provide the
resources for the university to award scholarships to deserv-
ing students for decades to come,"
Gentry said. "Students now and for
future generations will benefit from
Miss Gallaspy's remarkable gen-
erosity in establishing substantial
scholarship funds at her alma mater
that will continue to perpetuate the
lifetime of philanthropy and service
for which she will be long remem-
bered and appreciated."
"The funds available to the NSU
Foundation are primarily in support
of scholarships for students major-
ing in education, business, math-
ematics and related fields of study.
Thanks to Miss Gallaspy's vision and
generosity, the Foundation awarded
Northwestern State students the
largest number and dollar amounts
in private scholarships in school
history this fall," Webb said. "It is with
this deep kinship and high esteem
I feel for every member of the Gal-
laspy family that I proposed the Gal-
laspy (Family) College of Education
and Human Development as the
title of the area that has been the
cornerstone of Northwestern since
its founding in 1 884 as an institution
of higher education dedicated to
the preparation of excellent teachers
and school personnel."
In detailing his family's long relationship with Northwestern
State, John N. Gallaspy, executor, described his cousin's rural
upbringing as one in which education, religion and family
were top priorities.
"This environment supplemented by her later years of
higher education and followed by her career as a teacher
produced the personality and mindset of Mary Rives Gallaspy.
When she signed her last will and testament, she was enunci-
ating the theme that shaped her," John Gallaspy stated. "The
Gallaspy family as a whole has been touched for many years
by the institution known as Northwestern. The Normal has
enriched our lives for generations."
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Chesapeake supports student scholarships
Northwestern State University spirit
groups and administrators welcomed
Chesapeake Energy Public Affairs Manager
Jeff Holliday as he presented a check to the
Northwestern State University Foundation
to support student scholarships. From left
are Director of University Advancement
Brad Laird, Holliday, Dean of Students and
Assistant Provost for Student Life Dr. Chris
Maggio and Vic the Demon.
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CIS benefits from long relationship
with State Farm
Andy Baragona, a 2003 graduate of Northwestern State
University, returned to his alma mater to present a $50,000
check to the School of Business's Computer Information Sys-
tems program on behalf of his employer. State Farm. Funds
were awarded through a State Farm grant program based
on the Northwestern State CIS program's mission, program
history and accomplishments, organizational and program
changes, how the program has maintained currency in the
field, community support and declaration of need and how
the funds will be spent.
State Farm has fostered a relationship with Northwest-
ern State since 2001 and recruits CIS and other business
students for internships and career opportunities at its
corporate headquarters in Bloomington, III. This is the third
time State Farm awarded a grant to Northwestern State's CIS
program, which consistently earns top honors in collegiate
competitions sponsored by the Association for Information
Technology Professional (AITP). Northwestern State has
placed first 1 3 times in 1 2 years.
Baragona is a systems analyst and campus manager for
State Farm. He was a member of Northwestern State's 2003
national championship AITP team and noted that with so
many NSU alumni having relocated to Bloomington, the
university's sense of family has been transplanted along with
"Northwestern State graduates are well-balanced. They
have the technical aptitude we are looking for, as well as the
personal skills," Baragona said. "We appreciate the relation-
ship between State Farm and Northwestern. We can come
back here and find the recruits we need year after year."
According to Dr. Jack Russell, CIS program coordinator,
the grant will fund the installations of Smart Boards and
projection systems in teaching laboratories, purchase laptop
computers and other amenities for classrooms, fund student
scholarships and aid in recruiting initiatives.
Northwestern State University's Computer Information Systems
program received a $50,000 grant from the State Farm Foundation.
From left are Dr. Austin Temple, dean of the College of Science,
Technology and Business; NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb,
Northwestern State graduate Andy Baragona, a systems analyst
and IT recruiter for State Farm, and Provost and Vice President for
Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney.
"State Farm started recruiting at NSU in 2001 because the
company learned that the CIS student teams were winning
national championships in both programming and systems
analysis and design," Russell said. "State Farm recruits from
a number of universities, but the State Farm Foundation
designates five of the top schools to apply for the State Farm
Foundation Grant. State Farm named the NSU CIS program
a Key program in 2003. Over the nine-year period of being
a Key program the CIS program has won three State Farm
grants totaling approximately S 1 70,000."
"This money coming into our program is terrific," said Dr.
Austin Temple, dean of the College of Science, Technology
and Business. "Our students continue to compete well on a
national level and this speaks well of our program."
Nursing scholarship targets locai students
Administrators at Natchitoches Com-
munity Care Center presented funds to the
Northwestern State University Foundation
in continued support of a scholarship to
benefit an upper level nursing student.
From left are NSU Associate Director of De-
velopment Jill Bankston, Center Administra-
tor Maria Mapa, Director of Nursing Annette
Walker, Director of University Advancement
^ Brad Laird and Margaret McDaniel, social
services director of Chinquapin House/
^■s household coordinator. Read the full story
in the Langiappe section on Page 24.
Schooi of Business Hall of Distinction
Administrators in Northwestern State University's School of Busi-
ness recognized AdvoCare International with the Director's Out-
standing Business Award and its founder, the late Charles E. Ragus,
with the School of Business Alumnus of Distinction Recipient. Ad-
voCare is a leading nutritional supplement company. Ragus, a 1 965
graduate of Northwestern, founded the company in 1983. Following
his death in 2001, the Charles Ragus (Founder of AdvoCare Inter-
national) Family Endowed Chair was established in his honor in the
School of Business at Northwestern State. Ragus was inducted into
the NSU Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, in 2002. Accepting
the award are members of the Ragus family, from left, Kelsey Cook,
Debbie Cook, Peggy Ragus and Courtney Cook.
Dear NSU Alumni,
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Outstanding former Demons included in 2012 N Club Hall of Fame
Sister Sledges 1979 hit
song "We Are Family"
vould have been the per-
ect music choice for the
five 201 2 Graduate N Club Hall
of Fame inductees enshrined
at Homecoming 201 2 during
inspiring ceremonies attended
by dozens of current student-
athletes and a couple hundred
more supporters at the Magale
Three-time all-America high jumper
Terrance Bean and two-sport record-
setter Tiffany Cronin Crawford spoke
about their time as track and field
teammates at NSU. Sensational softball
pitcher Nancy Percle Ensminger, one of
10 children, spoke about being a Lady
Demon teammate with her younger
sister, and proudly pointed out that her
niece now is pitching for Northwestern.
Football all-America center John King
had his father Wayne present him for
induction, and talked about the ath-
letic department being one big fam-
ily. Former NFL safety Robert Moore,
whose acceptance speech inspired and
entertained the audience, relished hav-
ing a large group of teammates at the
ceremony and more coming in for the
football game later in the day.
"The greatest thing about it was the
teamwork, and having so many of my
teammates back here today to share it
with, that's what is special to me," said
Moore, a Shreveport-Captain Shreve
product who credited his presenter,
Charles Fulton, and the many track ath-
letes who also played football as major
factors in his NFL success.
"I was finishing up 24 hours to gradu-
ate in the spring semester and couldn't
get to the first mini-camp but Charles
was over there going through it. He told
me what to expect and he told me I
could make it," said Moore, who started
43 of 60 games with the Atlanta Falcons
from 1 986-89. " The good Lord put a lot
of things in place for me to succeed.
"At Northwestern, a lot of track guys
were playing football, so we got used
to the speed of the game here. That
translated well for me because the
speed of the game didn't change that
much going from here to the NFL. That,
and I got really good coaching here, so
I was well prepared," he said, referring
to legendary head coach Sam Good-
win and two of his assistant coaches,
current Texas Tech defensive coordina-
tor Art Kaufman and current Arkansas
State DC John Thompson, who has held
the same job at Arkansas and South
King, a state champion discus
thrower at Springhill High where his fa-
ther was the principal, also mentioned
the track/football partnership and said
it stretched around the entire athletic
program during his playing career as a
four-year starter from 1 987-90.
"It's hard to single out one memory as
a career highlight, but the comraderie
with the fellow athletes, the great play-
ers I played with, and the togetherness
that our athletic department had, that
really stands out," said King, now the
athletic director and highly success-
ful football coach at Longview (Texas)
High. "A lot of our guys competed in
track. We went to all the other sports'
games and they came to ours. It was
one big family.
"And not by coincidence, we were
able to win some pretty big games," he
said as a proud member of the 1 988 De-
mons' Southland Conference champi-
Bean won four Southland high jump
titles indoors and outdoors from 1 995-
97. Percle Ensminger helped the Lady
Demons win 69 percent of their games
from 1990-92 and the 1991 Southland
Conference title. Cronin Crawford is
still regarded as the greatest volleyball
player in school history, twice earn-
ing All-SLC accolades from 1994-97,
then winning a Southland triple jump
title and reaching the NCAA Outdoor
Championships in 1999 as a senior in
track and field.
Playing two sports collegiately at the
NCAA Division I level wasn't daunting
"It started at a young age with my
parents encouraging me. They were
very influential. I always knew I needed
to work hard to succeed, and I strived to
earn a scholarship so I could play at the
college level," she said."! played three
sports in high school and never really
had any down time, so to come here
and play two sports wasn't really a big
deal to me. I just worked very hard to
be sure I was playing them well."
She enjoys keeping track of the 201 2
Lady Demon volleyball team.
"Living in Corpus Christi, I'm able to
go watch them play once a year and
definitely, I take great pride in their suc-
cess. I was part of that program and still
feel like they're an extension of me and
my teammates. It's exciting to see them
doing so well," she said.
Falling short was Bean's catalyst to his
remarkable career. He wasn't successful
at his first NCAA meet."
The first time in Tennessee when I
made it to the national meet, I did not
make all-America. But I realized I was
able to compete at that level. It was
disappointing not to make all-America,
but I saw it was within my reach," he
said. "It was a turning point for me
to go from riding the wave to really
considering myself a top-level athlete. If
you believe it, you can achieve it."
The following year. Bean made a
remarkable run at making the 1996 USA
"That was 1 7 of the greatest days of
my life. I came in ranked 30'" out of 30
qualifiers, but I was able to have a great
meet and make the finals. I broke my
hand earlier, but (NSU team physician)
Dr. (Chris) Rich was able to fix me up.
I didn't even know if I could compete
that season and I wound up jumping
for a chance to make the Olympic Team,
so it was a great year," said Bean.
Percle Ensminger was a Lady Demon
teammate with her sister Claudia, which
made being at NSU feel like home away
from their Baton Rouge home.
"I had a huge family, and our parents
kept us all really involved in sports
because it builds character and teaches
lessons. Having my sister here on the
team gave me comfort. Some people
get homesick, but I never did because
she was here. It was nice, it was fun, |
and it kept us very competitive too," she ''
King said there were many NSU team-
mates and coaches who were worthy
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Congratulations to our former student athletes who were inducted into Northwestern State's Graduate N Club Hall of Fame during Home-
coming festivities. From left are Terrance Bean, Tiffany Cronin Crawford, John King, Nancy Percle Ensminger and Robert Moore.
N Club continued from page 14
choices to introduce hinn, but he never
had any doubt that his father was the
"He's probably the biggest reason
I'nn here. He supported me in every-
thing I did, and he's always been my
role model," said King. "He told me he
wanted me to be better than him, and
I don't know that I can do that, but I've
had a great dad to support me."
As Moore was surrounded by fam-
ily members from Shreveport and his
wife and children from Atlanta, along
with Demon teammates following the
ceremony, he reflected on his favorite
moment as an NSU football player from
"In my junior year, we went over to
Southern Mississippi and knocked off a
giant (a 22-0 win over a bowl team that
beat Ole Miss the following week). They
were talking down to us, laughing at
us in warmups, and we said we'll take
care of business on the football field,"
said Moore. "It was true then, and it is
true now: the brand that we produce at
Northwestern can stand up anywhere."
Groundbreaking ceremonies for extensive renovations to the NSU Lady Demon Softball Complex
Renovations to the NSU Lady Demon Softball Complex have begun to provide a new grandstand, press box and concession
stand. It will be entirely funded by private support and NSU student facility improvement fees with about half of the $466,000
already in hand. Taking part in the ceremony were (l-r) Lady Demon player Paige Cavallin, Bank of Montgomery president Ken
Hale, Softball player Kylie Roos, Billy Gray of the Natchitoches Area Jaycees, softball player Brooke Boening, NSU president Dr.
Randy Webb, Lady Demon softball player Jordan Palmer, assistant coach Amanda Locke, NSU Athletics senior woman admin-
istrator Carrie Crowell, NSU athletic director Greg Burke and Lady Demon softball coach Donald Pickett.
State baseball coach
Lane Burroughs was
known for his dry sense
of humor when he was a
Demon assistant coach
in 1997-98, but there
has been nothing subtle
in the powerful message
he has passed along
since June to a recep-
tive audience of former
and current NSU players,
supporters and univer-
Following 17 years as
an assistant coach under
some of the college
game's best head coaches, Burroughs accepted on June 1 8
the reigns of a Northwestern State program which won nine
Southland Conference championships in a 14-year stretch
from 1 991-2005. The Demons remain the league's win-
ningest program since 1 990, averaging almost 36 victories
per year (nearly 800 total).
After spending the last four years as an assistant coach at
Mississippi State, where he helped former NSU head coach
John Cohen (1998-2001) return the Bulldogs to nationally
competitive status. Burroughs relentlessly pursued the De-
mons' vacancy once it opened May 31 .
"I had a great job. We (wife Susan and three children)
lived 90 minutes from where we grew up (Meridian, Miss.),
but Northwestern State has always been on the back of my
mind," said Burroughs. "I wanted this job, and I wanted it
"This is a special place. Not one day in my coaching career,
and I can say this honestly, passed by without me thinking
at least once about Northwestern State and Natchitoches -
something I learned here, somebody I met here."
Burroughs was hired as a Demon assistant by Dave Van
Horn, who just made his fifth College World Series appear-
ance, his third at Arkansas. Van Horn's pitching coach at NSU
was Rob Childress, now the highly-successful head coach at
Texas A&M. Van Horn took the reigns of the Demon pro-
gram from Jim Wells, who won three Southland Conference
championships in five seasons before getting the head job
at Alabama. Wells' assistant at NSU and Alabama, Mitch Gas-
pard, returned to follow Cohen as the Demons' head coach
for six years, and then succeeded Wells at Alabama. Ole Miss
head coach Mike Bianco was Wells' assistant at NSU before
Gaspard stepped in that role in 1993.
With that amazing coaching history - every head coach in
the Southeastern Conference West Division in 201 3, save for
LSU's Paul Mainieri, will have coached at Northwestern - the
Demons' head coaching vacancy drew great interest. Bur-
roughs has made clear his sights are set on raising pennants
at NSU's Brown-Stroud Field, with a strong set of core values
in place, not keeping an eye open for his next coaching job.
"This is a cradle of coaches, and in our business, we all
know that. If you come in here and think, let me see how
many wins I can get, and get going (up the coaching ladder),
these kids are smart and they're going to read right through
you," he said. "When you come in here and you care about
them, you love them, you lock shields with them and lower
your head and get after it, they'll run through a brick wall for
you, and we're going to get it done together. I'm going to
lean on these boys, they're going to lean on me. We're going
to win championships, we're going to do it the right way,
and we're going to have fun doing it."
Burroughs encourages his players, and supporters, to
"We are working to get to Omaha
(home of the College World Series).
Period. Why are we doing this if it's not
about getting to Omaha?"
"If Stony Brook can do it, that certainly can happen at
Northwestern State. You want to crawl before you walk, you
walk before you run, but absolutely you say that's our goal,
because now more than ever, it's within reach," he said.
Burroughs stands by cornerstone principles for his pro-
"We have good players and tremendous students in our
baseball program here, and we strongly emphasize academ-
ic accomplishment. We emphasize character. We are getting
out in the community. We're going to play hard, compete
and have fun doing it.
"When a kid leaves this institution, I
want him to say, those were the best years
of my life, not only in baseball, but in the
community. I want him to come back to
NSU, I want him to give back to NSU."
Having recruited Louisiana, east Texas and Mississippi
extensively throughout his career, it has been easy for him
to outline his plan for filling the Demons' roster.
"You have to take care of your back yard first, and that
means Louisiana kids first. Then you go out around us and
there's a lot of deserving young men a tank of gas away
from us to the east, west and north," he said. "Junior college
players from all over fit into the mix of course, and we have a
great track record with them in this program.
"I'm excited about telling young men about the opportu-
nities they have here," said Burroughs.
ith two seconds left on
the clock and the Demons down
by two points, Jermaine Wallace
snagged the ball, turned and shot
from the three-point line while
falling backwards. As he landed, the
ball sank into the basket, making
the final score 64-63, lifting the
underdog Demons to a victory over
third-seeded Iowa in the first round
of the NCAA tournament on March
The Demons amazing come-
from-behind victory over the Hawk-
eyes dominated the Pontiac Game-
Changing Performance competition
to earn a $ 1 00,000 contribution to the
university's general scholarship fund.
The victory over Iowa was only the
1 5'^ time in NCAA tournament history
that a 14-seed team beat a third-seed
team in the first round of tournament
action. The team's motivation and
leadership on and off the court made
the season memorable for all students,
faculty, staff and the Natchitoches
In 1 984, Northwestern State University commemorated its centennial with a series
of special acknowledgements, among them, the dedication of the official centennial
seal. Can you name the individuals pictured placing the seal? The first five readers to
call the Alumni Center at (318) 357-4414 will win a prize.
Answers to the Fall 201 2 Guess Who, lineman taking a break during the Northwest-
ern State-Florence State football matchup in the fall of 1 969 were Leonard Richard-
son, Bobby Koncak, Leslie Robertson and Steve Gaspard. Those who guess correctly
were Michael Ramsey (1972), Glenn Sapp (1970) and Steve Gaspard (1970).
1925 - Mittie Virginia Oden Bryan, Oct. 22, 2012, Gig Harbor, Wash.
1946 - Giro S. Lampo, Feb. 3, 2012, DeRidder
1940 - Rev. William Roy Dowden, Sept. 8, 2012, Hombeck
1948 - Pauline Poll< Dowden, Oct. 10, 2012, Hornbecl<
1951 - Emmett Horn Jr., April 11 , 2012, Brandon, Miss.
1952 - Jacque Gunn, July 2, 2012, Beebe, Ark.
1957 - Willard H. "Sonny" Jolinson, Aug. 9, 2012, Baton Rouge
1958 - John Baxter "J.B." McElwee Sr., Oct. 5, 2012, Coushatta
1959 - Charles David "Joe" Shilling, June 24, 2012, Houston
1959 - Perry Hardy Smith, Oct. 1 , 2012, Columbia
1967 - Rachel Wright Lincecum, Oct. 5, 2012, Biloxi, Miss.
1973 - Kathlyn Breazeale, Sept. 23, 2012, Tacoma, Wash.
1973 - Timothy Allen Jones, Aug. 27, 201 2, Lafayette
1978 - Linda L.G. Leggett, Oct. 18, 2012, Many
1993 -James Carroll "Jimmy" Williams, Nov. 2, 2012, Alexandria
2011 -Terrel A. Delphin Jr., Oct. 26, 2012, Melrose
Janell Harkins deVargas - Sept. 8, 2012, Natchitoches
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Reunions planned in men's basketball, track and field, baseball
Reunions for former team members in men's basketball, track and field, and baseball are being held
soon, with details available through the NSUDemons.com website. Players, coaches, staff members and
their families are especially invited to participate.
► The Centennial Celebration for Demon basketball will be held Saturday, Jan. 1 9 at Prather Coliseum, with
recognitions and activities during the men's game and an evening event commemorating the 100th
year of the sport at Northwestern. The events will take place during and after a doubleheader with the
Lady Demons tipping off at 1 p.m. and the Demons following about 3 p.m. against old rival Southeastern
► In track and field, the annual all-comers alumni reunion will be held April 26-27, in conjunction with the
second annual Leon Johnson NSU Invitational meet on Saturday, April 27 at the Walter R Ledet Track
► For Demon baseball alumni, the second annual all-time reunion date will be confirmed soon. The
Demons' 1993 Southland Conference championship team will be saluted while anyone who played,
coached or was part of NSU baseball through the years is encouraged to attend and meet the new De-
mon coaching staff, headed by Lane Burroughs, who was an assistant at NSU under Dave Van Horn and
John Cohen in 1997-98.